Warriors star Stephen Curry offered an explanation for his improved 3-point shooting late in the season — but the change didn’t have anything to do with his form.
Over the past nine games, Curry has made 56 of 109 from 3-point range (51.4 percent) and has made at least five 3s in each of his team’s matchups during that span, The Athletic notes.
For comparison, Curry had been shooting 36.6 percent from 3 after the All-Star break, making 48 of 131 from 3-point range, which was significantly down from his previous nine seasons combined, in which he averaged 46.5 percent after the All-Star Game.
When asked what’s recently changed, Curry told The Athletic: “I started wearing contacts,” adding, “No, I’m serious.”
Curry went on to explain that he has has a genetic condition called keratoconus that he likely was born with and was playing through without any corrective lenses.
The American Academy of Ophthalmology describes the condition as when “the normally round cornea becomes thin and develops a cone-like bulge.” A side effect of the condition is blurred or distorted vision.
Curry said wearing specialized contact lenses feels like he has new eyes, but he explained he didn’t get contacts sooner because he felt his eyesight “was normal.”
“I had gotten so used to squinting for so long,” he said. “It’s like the whole world has opened up.”
Even without the contact lenses, Curry had already climbed the record books. He set the league record for most 3s made in a single season with 402 during 2015-16 and is ranked third on the all-time list of 3-pointers made (2,469) behind only Ray Allen (2,973) and Reggie Miller (2,560).
Curry, averaging 27.7 points with 5.3 rebounds and 5.3 assists, has continued to play a significant role in the Warriors’ lineup all season. Golden State sits atop the Western Conference with a 53-24 record, two games ahead of the Nuggets, with five regular-season games remaining.